News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - December 14th Edition

School Will Be Closed for Winter Break, Dec. 21-Jan. 3rd

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Attending Evansdale's Holiday Concert is Guaranteed to Make Your Spirits Bright

Members of Evansdale's Elementary School Band, Orchestra, Chorus and their conductors invite you to attend their holiday performance on Monday, December 18th at 6:30 PM in the Evansdale concert hall (aka cafeteria). The students have been working hard to fine tune their songs for the concert so let's show up and support the music programs at Evansdale. Friends, neighbors, and alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend! We hope to see everyone there!
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Dr. Chattman's 2nd Annual Marshmallow Reading Challenge...

Dr. Chattman is challenging all Evansdale Eagles to read at least 280 minutes (average of 20 minutes/day) over the Winter Break, December 21-January 3. Every time a student reads (or you read with him/her) for 20 minutes, he/she can put a mini marshmallow* in a Ziploc bag. Ideally, he/she should have at least 14 marshmallows in a bag by the end of the break. All students need to return their bags to their homeroom teachers on January 4th. The class with the most marshmallows will win a hot chocolate party with Dr. Chattman in January. Look for a flyer in your student's couriers next week.

*Students may use real marshmallows, cotton balls, or paper marshmallows for this challenge

Let's Reach 100% Parent Participation by the End of 2017!

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.

The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

Eagles Set to Soar in the Regional LEGO Robotics Competition

We wish the best of luck to our LEGO Robotics teams as they compete in the DeKalb Regional First LEGO League Tournament this Saturday, December 16th at Chamblee High School!

Robo Red Birds

Ella Ralls

Blair Wagner

Violent Delany

Peyton Smith

Cory Bitsko

Andrea James

Kate Kupronis

Robo Blue Birds

Sam Hershner

Grayson Lauterbach

Austin Allen

Jaelana Berry

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Eagles Now Have 24/7 Access to Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.

Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education's services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the U.K., and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education ignites student curiosity and offers great research resources in a variety of subjects.

Evansdale students now have full access to the Discovery Education website ebsite, . In order for students to log in, they will use their student number without the s and "eagle" as the password.

Parents, Discovery Education offers a wide variety of free family resources that you can trust to provide high quality, relevant material for you and your children. We invite you to take a look at our family activities, contests and a wealth of other resources that are vetted by Discovery Education and uniquely designed with parents in mind.

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DCSD 2018-2019 School Choice FAQS

  • Parent Support Center is open (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) during Open Enrollment
2652 Lawrenceville Highway Decatur, GA 30033. Reserve your appointment online at

  • Call-In support is available from 1/8/18 - 4/16/18 at 678-676-0050
  • Applications submitted with all required paperwork during the open enrollment window are ON TIME.
  • All applications are required to be submitted online ONLY.

Evansdale's 2018-2019 School Choice Tour Dates

  • January 19th at 9:30 a.m.
  • January 25th at 1:00 p.m.
  • January 30th at 9:30 a.m.

No Reservations Required. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to actual tour.

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think. pair. & share.

The think, pair, share strategy is a cooperative learning technique in which students think through questions using three distinct steps, encouraging individual participation. This is an excellent method for promoting critical thinking and articulate communication in the classroom. The above is a picture from Ms. Jackson & Ms. Harris' 2nd grade classroom. Their students were learning about "cause and effect" using think.pair. share with the book "If You Give a Pig a Pancake". This is a great strategy that allows the students to share their learning with others.
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Picture Your Photos in the Yearbook!

The Yearbook Committee invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of fall 2017 events (Family Fun Night, Eagle Trek, Fantastic Friday, field trips, class parties, etc.) we want them! Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific, memory-filled yearbook everyone will enjoy. Here's how you can submit photos online:

  • Go to
  • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 409883651
  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload
  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information
  • Click “Save Details”

It's that easy. The last day to submit photos is 02/15/2018. Submit yours today! Contact Jennifer Arnberger ( if you have questions.

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12/15 AR Orange Tag Awards Distributed

12/18 Holiday Fine Arts Performance, 6:30, Evansdale Cafeteria

12/20 40% Cut Off for Accelerated Reading

12/20 Class Parties,1:00 p.m.

12/20 Last Day of First Semester

12/21- 01/03 Winter Break

01/04 First Day of Second Semester

01/12 First Semester Report Cards Sent Home

01/18 First Semester Honors Day

Lakeside's Orchestra, and Chorus Holiday Concerts

Thursday, December 14 the Holiday Pops Concert will take place at 7 PM in the Gym. Friday, December 15 the Holiday Gala Concert will take place at 7 PM in Auditorium.